Wash your hands, practice social distancing, stay home and, now, consider wearing a face mask when outside of your own home. These are the recommendations from federal and state governments during this current pandemic.
While following this advise, we can loose connection to the people around us. We all need to reach out to our family members – our older parents who have had their ability to interact with their friends severely limited, our children (even adult children) who are home schooling or working from home, our friends whom we can’t see but can certainly talk with over the phone and internet, and our neighbors.
Everyone has a story. And, while we are wearing our masks, we should consider their story and do what we can to help where needed.
With the current recommendation for mask wearing, my son asked if I could make a couple masks for his girlfriend who works part-time at Target. Her story is that she is a high school senior. Like so many students, she is now separated from her friends and doing on-line classes. And, she will be missing out on all the fun activities of her senior year – senior prom, senior project presentations, graduation, grad parties, etc. On top of that, two weeks ago I implemented a quarantine for our family. So she has not been able to spend time with my son. She is also working very hard at her part-time job. To help support her, the least I can do is make some masks.
Using the pattern described at North-Memorial-Health-homemade-healthcare-masks, I made some masks. My son wanted plain black. His girlfriend wanted a red one and a yellow one.
This pattern has an internal pocket to insert a piece of HEPA filter material to improve the effective filtration. I also modified the mask slightly to add a nose wire for improved contouring to the face. After topstitching around the entire mask, I stitched a channel 1/2″ from the top of the mask. A pipe cleaner folded in half and inserted it into the channel can be molded to the bridge of the nose.
When thinking about making masks, I thought it would be nice to try to make some fun animal faces. Using my Bernina DesignWorks software, I created a few patterns.
A couple cat faces:
Black cat, Rabbit, Bear and Dog:
I may try some other embroidery ideas soon.